Bristol, England
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About Bristol, England

  • Population: approx. 500,000
  • Distance from London: 170 miles
  • Distance from Paris: 281 miles

Bristol is the largest city in southwest England and only about 90 minutes from London by train. It is serviced by an international airport offering daily flights to and from many international locations, including Newark Liberty International.

The city docks of Bristol Harbour have been restored, with dockside warehouses converted into houses, offices, shops, art galleries, and cinemas.

The city docks of Bristol Harbour have been restored, ...

Bristol is full of history as it was the most important city in England outside of London until the early nineteenth century and a major port. It traded with the West Indies, West Africa, and continental Europe, importing the wines and sherries that made it famous, and was one of the major ports from which colonial explorers departed. The Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto set out from Bristol in 1497 to discover Canada. There is a tower with a great view of the city, celebrating his expedition. Bristol was also the main jumping off point for both settlers to North America and English pirates.

Today Bristol is a thriving, beautiful modern city and a major financial and industrial center with the biggest aerospace complex in Western Europe. The city is filled with parks and gardens, interesting alleys and lanes, and distinguished Georgian houses set in the hills. The city is filled with parks and gardens, a city center dating from the medieval times, and distinguished Georgian houses set in the hills. The harbor is filled with a collection of sailboats, yachts, and ships. Set on a hill, the city is full of picturesque scenes of water and bridges.

Stoke's Croft can be a great place to hang out with friends.

Stoke's Croft can be a great place to hang out with friends.

The arts flourish with opera, independent cinema, ballet, world-class theatre, music of every kind, and art galleries ranging from the classical to the avant-garde. It is also home to Wallace and Gromit, graffiti artist Banksy, the BBC Natural History Unit, and numerous music groups. There is also a great culinary tradition and much shopping to be enjoyed. On sunny afternoons you can watch cricket at the County Ground, sail in the harbor, or go rock climbing in the Avon Gorge, only 15 minutes from the city center. Many students also enjoy visiting the Cotswolds, the historic city of Bath, or Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site.

Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Fall and Yearlong: Contact USAC

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Minimum class standing:
Junior (strong Sophomore applications will be considered)

Open to degree-seeking students currently attending 4-year institutions.

Program Type

Partnership

Credit

Overseas credit

Program Capacity

15

Instruction

English